Thursday, July 04, 2019

Kamala Harris goes there: The angry black presidential candidate

Excerpt: Back in the 1960s, two leaders in the black civil rights movement emerged: Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. They were polar opposites.
Malcolm X, who was a Muslim, called for the complete separation of blacks and whites, declared that blacks should create their own separate country within America, and rejected nonviolence, saying blacks should seize power “by any means necessary.” King, on the other hand, was a Christian who became the leader of a nonviolent movement, preferring civil disobedience over violence. . .
President Obama, like King, sought to elevate the discourse, selling his “hope and change” campaign slogan. He didn’t dwell on racial divisions — at least not during his first campaign — and he was, at least according to his then opponent and soon-to-be running mate Joe Biden, “the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean.”
One thing Mr. Obama knew wouldn’t sell was anger, which CNN pointed out in a 2010 article headlined, “Why Obama doesn’t dare become the ‘angry black man. . .’”
Skip ahead again to 2019.
Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California, running for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, is angry — and she wants everyone to know it.
Anger is, as you also know, the new way of politics. Everyone is angry — outraged — all the time. . .

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